While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
Who would be stupid enough to mess with the Hells Angels?
A federal jury convicted a Mongols gang member for stabbing and shooting to death Mark "Papa" Guardado, who was the president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.
According to federal prosecutors, the jury found Christopher Bryan Ablett, aka "Stoney," guilty on four felony counts, including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, racketeering, and using a firearm during a violent crime. "Stoney" was a well-known member of the Modesto-based outlaw motorcycle gang, the Mongols.
Evidence at the trial showed that in 2008, Ablett came to San Francisco to visit a friend. He didn't pack the usual items for a weekend trip to the Bay Area, though: He arrived with a foot-long military knife, a .357 magnum revolver, and a Mongols full-patch vest, as well as a t-shirt that only hardcore Mongols members are permitted to wear.
Word got to Guardado that a member of his rival gang was not only in town, but wearing a Mongols t-shirt at a bar in the Mission. Needless to say, he didn't take the news lightly. According to prosecutors, Guardado marched right over to the bar and confronted Ablett.
Of course, the two got into a fight, which ended when Ablett stabbed Guardado four times and shot him twice.
Investigators testified that Ablett's phone records show he then spent the next several hours calling up fellow Mongols to show he was "reaching out as part of the Mongols' communication network."
Although claimed he killed his rival in self-defense, the jury rejected this notion and decided he murdered Guardado to increase his status within the Mongols gang.
Ablett will appear in court for his sentencing on May 15, 2012. He could get life in prison along with a $1 million fine.
And if your curious, the Mongols have dedicated a page on their website to their "brother behind bars," which is, appropriately enough, accompanied by Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues."